Over 100 years ago Svante August Arrhenius (1859-1927), the father of physical chemistry, warned our unrestricted burning of fossil fuels would release excessive carbon dioxide (“greenhouse effect”) that will surely cause problems for survival of all who live on Earth. Arrhenius repeated the climate warning in 1905. NASA scientist James Hansen declared before a skeptical [...]
Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, now 89 years of age, spoke to a Lafayette civic group in April 2017. A gentleman in the audience asked governor Edwards what he would do if he became king for a day enabling him to change anything in need of repair. The Governor replied without hesitation: “I would do [...]
(image: http://sealevel.climatecentral.org) Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway wrote The Collapse of Western Civilization – a View From the Future. In this study they coined a cosmic economic term – “Carbon Combustion Complex” (CCC) which describes the largest economic entity that ever existed. Anthropologists define our past history as the “Holocene” dating back 11,700 years. In 2011, [...]
Historians define “Four cradles of human civilization” as the Tigris & Euphrates, Indus River, Nile Valley and Huang He (China) as vital regions on Earth which indicate clearly our survival is intimately linked to pure, abundant water. Jared Diamond’s scholarly books point out how civilizations collapsed because their water supply dwindled. Cadillac Desert by Marc [...]
Earlier this year our organization, the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF), announced that it would divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies. We mean to do this gradually, but in a public statement we singled out ExxonMobil for immediate divestment because of its “morally reprehensible conduct.” (NY Review of Books, p.31)
Following consultation with the Pentagon about global warming as a threat to all of us, Mr. Trump might invite Professor Hal Wanless from the University of Florida to explain how much of Florida will be inundated by a rising ocean.
“Two researchers from ORNL, Curtis Travis and Sheri Hester, have just published a new study of chemical contamination of planet Earth and confirmed what many people already knew: the entire surface is polluted.”
...in June 23, 2014 Dayton University became the first Catholic institution to declare divestment from fossil fuels. By April 2016, 515 educational, civic and financial institutions had joined in the pledge to divest from fossil fuels.
Doubtless, the remnant on Isle de Jean Charles and other vanishing coastal communities in Louisiana will agree as their vanishing world floats into the ocean.
How can officials in Lafayette, LA proceed with a I-49 road project knowing toxic waste sites are going to be disturbed and there is no certainty precious geological water of the Chicot aquifer is safe from contamination? Remember Perrier in Chapel Hill.